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RSA asks DoTr to extend cashless toll payment implementation

San Miguel Corp. president Ramon S. Ang is urging the Department of Transportation to extend the deadline for the implementation of full cashless payment system at all expressways to February given the huge number of motorists that have yet to secure their RFID stickers.

My honest opinion is we will really need at least until February. And that is what we are asking government. To allow us to retain even just a few cash lanes until February,” Ang said.

Ang, however, noted that all lanes at toll plazas of its expressways—Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Southern Luxon Expressway (SLEX) the Skyway System, NAIA Expressway, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)—are ready and fully equipped for the shift to 100% electronic toll collection by December. 1.

“I have been monitoring the situation. We only have a few days to go, and yet our sticker installation sites are still packing long lines, especially this last weekend before implementation on December 1.

Given the surge in last-minute applications we’re seeing, we don’t think we will be able to serve everyone. A large number of motorists will not make it to the December 1 deadline,” Ang said.

Ang said despite the company’s efforts to roll out additional measures to fast-track the installation of stickers—including opening 100 additional sticker installation sites and implementing 24 hours installation at major locations—the sheer volume of applications was just too much.

“We hope government will study this option carefully. At the end of the day, we will abide by what they say,” Ang said.

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